During his legendary NBA career, Michael Jordan played on his birthday (Feb. 17) four times and compiled a record of 2-2.
Michael Jordan scored 26 points against the Bucks during his rookie season
During his rookie season with the Bulls, Michael Jordan averaged 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists. He won the Rookie of the Year Award.
On Feb. 17, 1985, the Bulls faced the Milwaukee Bucks. Chicago lost to Milwaukee by 20 points, but Jordan played well on his 22nd birthday. He scored 26 points in 34 minutes and shot 9-of-15 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
The Bucks were led in scoring by Sidney Moncrief, who poured in 21 points. Milwaukee had six players score in double-figures, while the Bulls had four.
Chicago went 38-44 during Michael Jordan’s rookie season. The Bulls and Bucks faced each other in the first round of the 1985 playoffs, with Milwaukee winning the series in four games. Jordan averaged 29.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists in his first playoff series, but it wasn’t enough to propel the Bulls to victory.
Michael Jordan notched 27 points on his 30th and 35th birthday
On his 30th birthday, Michael Jordan and the Bulls faced the Utah Jazz during the 1992-93 season. Chicago defeated Utah by a final score of 114-96.
Jordan finished with 27 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in 34 minutes to lead the Bulls to the win. He only shot 10-of-25 from the floor, but MJ was just happy to celebrate his 30th birthday with a win.
The Bulls won the Finals in 1992-93. Chicago defeated the Phoenix Suns in six games for Jordan’s third title and third Finals MVP.
In his final season with the Bulls in 1997-98, Jordan notched 27 points on his 35th birthday against the Indiana Pacers. His Airness led Chicago to a 105-97 victory over Reggie Miller’s Pacers, the team the Bulls faced in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals.
Michael Jordan needed seven games to eliminate the Pacers in the ’98 Eastern Conference Finals. After getting past Indiana, the Bulls took care of the Jazz in six games in the NBA Finals to capture the team’s sixth championship during the MJ era.
MJ’s best game on his birthday was in 1992
On his 29th birthday, Michael Jordan went off for 46 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hall of Famer shot 65.6% from the floor and did everything he could to lead the Bulls to a win over their rivals.
Unfortunately, the Cavs defeated Chicago by one point. Still, it was an incredible performance by Jordan on his birthday.
The Bulls won the 1992 championship over the Portland Trail Blazers in six games. Even though Jordan would have loved to beat the Cavs on his 29th birthday, he was pleased that Chicago took home the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the second straight season.
Michael Jordan finished his illustrious NBA career with averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in 1,072 games with the Bulls and Washington Wizards. He won six titles, six Finals MVPs, five regular-season MVPs, and 10 scoring titles with the Bulls. Jordan is universally recognized as the greatest basketball player of all time.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.